(a) The department may provide vaccine and hyperimmune serum in accordance with board policies or procedures for the use and benefit of a person exposed, or suspected of having been exposed, to rabies.
(b) In accordance with board rules and eligibility standards, the department is entitled to be reimbursed by or on behalf of the person receiving the vaccine or serum for actual costs incurred in providing the vaccine or serum.
(c) At the written request of the department, the attorney general or the county or district attorney for the county in which the recipient of the vaccine or serum resides may bring suit or start other proceedings in the name of the state to collect the reimbursement owed the department for the vaccine or serum.
(d) A suit or other proceeding may be brought against:
(1) the recipient;
(2) the parent, guardian, or other person legally responsible for the support of the recipient; or
(3) a responsible third party.
Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 678, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989.